Wisconsin (GOP Club)

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  • Supporters deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz (Including key people)

    03/27/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Newsmachete
    <>Politico writes that Rand Paul is losing support among key followers. One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers...
  • Walker’s Flip-Flop-Flip on Amnesty?

    03/26/2015 5:06:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein is up with a report that, if true — and it is well sourced — will prove very troubling for Scott Walker on the campaign trail. Epstein writes that Walker “told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship.” That conflicts with statements the governor made as recently as three weeks ago that, in a reversal of his previously held position, he no longer supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path...
  • Ted Cruz's Planning to Take the White House—and He’s About to Leapfrog the Competition

    03/22/2015 6:22:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 22, 2015 | Zach Noble
    He’s going to skip the exploratory committee and go straight for the jugular. Ted Cruz plans to run for president. The Houston Chronicle broke the news just before midnight Saturday evening, citing senior advisers speaking on the condition of anonymity who said that Cruz, the Texas Tea Party Republican elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, would pursue the presidency. The announcement would make Cruz the first Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Cruz will announced his candidacy at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, the Chronicle reported. The senior advisers cited by the Chronicle said Cruz aims...
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...
  • Who's going to win Iowa and N.H.? Introducing The POLITICO Caucus (Might surprise you)

    02/13/2015 4:03:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 13, 2015 | James Hohmann and Kristen Heyford
    The Walker surge in Iowa, Hillary’s Obama problem and other news from Week One of our yearlong insiders’ survey from the ground in 2016’s first-in-the-nation races.Most Iowa insiders believe Scott Walker would win their state’s Republican caucuses if they were held this week. But they’re not this week, and virtually none of the most influential thought leaders in the Hawkeye State believe that the Wisconsin governor will sustain his recent bounce in polls. This is one of several intriguing findings in the debut survey of The POLITICO Caucus. More than 100 of the most plugged-in activists, operatives and elected officials...
  • Clinton leads Walker in Wisconsin poll

    03/12/2015 12:05:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | March 11, 2015 | Staff
    Public Policy Polling's most recent Wisconsin poll — released on March 10 — shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with increased enthusiasm among Republicans in the state for his White House bid. But Walker trails well behind Hillary Clinton in a potential general election contest for the presidency. PPP's poll of Wisconsin voters found 35 percent in the state want Walker to run for president, compared to 58 percent who don't think he should run. The poll also shows that Walker's approval numbers have dipped over the past few months. Before the midterm election in November 2014, his approval spread was...
  • Walker: The biggest flip flopper you will ever find?

    03/11/2015 2:09:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 10, 2015 | Craig Robinson, Former Iowa GOP Political Director
    Governor Scott Walker has taken Iowa Republicans by storm. In the span of just a couple months, Walker has gone from a potential candidate who everyone seemed to like, to the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican caucuses. By every indicator available – buzz, staff hires, endorsement, or poll numbers – Walker is the lead horse in the Iowa caucus race. Walker’s campaign in Iowa is moving so fast that it will make your head spin. But that’s not all that is moving at a fast pace for Walker. Some of his long held positions seem to be on the move...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Bush, Cruz Stake Out Free Market Turf in Iowa Summit

    03/07/2015 4:21:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 7, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    DES MOINES — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz risked the ire of Iowa farmers by staking out free-market positions on two federal policies favored by agribusiness at a summit Saturday. The two likely Republican presidential candidates opposed an ethanol requirement favored by corn farmers as well as a wind tax credit in a state where more than a quarter of electricity is generated by wind. They were speaking at the Iowa Ag Summit, which was organized by the state’s largest Republican donor, Bruce Rastetter, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Most of the...
  • Scott Walker’s Electoral Record Is Just As Impressive As It Looks

    03/06/2015 9:15:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 9 replies
    fivethirtyeight.com ^ | 9:31 AM MAR 6 | HARRY ENTEN
    Walker was the second-most-conservative GOP governor running for re-election in 2014.2 According to an ideological scoring system created by Adam Bonica, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, Walker is more than one standard deviation more conservative than the average Republican governor who ran in 2014. That’s impressive, given that there is some relationship (although a weak one for Republican governors) between the 2012 presidential vote and the ideology of incumbent governors running for re-election in 2014.
  • Briefing: Pot, Meet Kettle: 2 GOP Pols Criticizing Hillary Have Similar Email Issues (Walker & Bush)

    03/06/2015 11:43:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    US News & World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | March 6, 2015 | Joseph P. Williams
    ---snip---Ready to Defend Hillary: As the Hillary Clinton email controversy exploded, Capitol Hill Democrats were caught flat-footed, and either begged off or feigned ignorance when reporters asked about it. Now that more of a narrative has developed, top Dems are defending her, even if they don’t know exactly why the whole thing blew up in the first place – or why Clinton decided to go outside the government to set up her own email system. But no one thinks the scandal will disrupt Clinton’s inevitable, unstoppable, so-far uncontested march toward deciding if she wants to be the Democrats’ 2016 presidential...
  • How the Other Candidates Plan to Kill Scott Walker's Candidacy

    03/05/2015 1:24:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 5, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Scott Walker has been at the top of the polls in recent weeks but has he peaked too early? His rivals hope so. The early campaign has been kind to Scott Walker. He tops the competition in Iowa and New Hampshire, and is a close second in South Carolina. He gets high marks among social conservatives, among the moderate establishment, from Tea Party types. The Washington Post recently called him the first “It” candidate of 2016. Which, his rivals to the nomination say, is exactly where they want him. The Daily Beast spoke with strategists working with each of Walker’s...
  • Scott Walker’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Answer

    02/22/2015 7:28:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 21, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    Does it matter if Obama is a Christian or not? No, but it matters how Republicans answer stupid questions like that.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been surging in recent weeks, and there is a sense he could be the guy to bridge the gap between the Republican establishment and the grassroots conservative base. But campaigns are crucibles, and if the last couple of days are a harbinger of things to come, heÂ’s in trouble. Could it be that the governor who fought so courageously against Wisconsin unions might not be ready for prime time on the national stage? No, IÂ’m...
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s newfound visibility has exaggerated impact

    02/22/2015 11:12:05 AM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Dan Balz
    The rapid rise of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as a top-tier contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 is one of the more surprising stories of the opening months of this year. Whether he was prepared for this sudden emergence is an open question.
  • Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree: A non-issue that Democrats should avoid

    02/16/2015 4:26:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | Jim Newell
    There are plenty of things to criticize Scott Walker over. His lack of a college degree is not one of them. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has emerged as a modest front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in the past couple of weeks. This may well be a temporary state of affairs. If the 2012 GOP primaries taught us anything about the presidential nominating process in the super PAC era, it’s that every candidate will be the front-runner for a few weeks. At some point this year, everyone from Huckles to Doctor-Citizen Ben Carson will serve a brief spell as the...
  • Social conservatives can make a difference

    02/16/2015 3:41:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | February 16, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    The Hill reports: “Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be among the possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates speaking to a prominent group of conservatives in Iowa this spring. Walker and Cruz will speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s spring kickoff event on April 25, the group announced in a Monday statement.” Ironically, in an election cycle in which many pundits discount the influence of Christian conservatives, they could play a critical role in selection of the nominee. In past cycles, these values voters have split their vote, never managing to unite behind a single,...
  • Forget evolution, immigration is Scott Walker’s real challenge

    02/14/2015 3:04:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 14, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    Andrew Johnson of NRO reports that in 2002, as executive of Milwaukee County, Scott Walker signed a resolution that expressed support for “comprehensive immigration reform” that will “provide greater opportunity for undocumented working immigrants to obtain legal residency.” The author of the resolution says that Walker definitely supported it. Having signed it, he should be presumed to have supported, in any case. Will this news harm Walker’s chances of becoming the GOP presidential nominee? Standing alone, it shouldn’t. It’s one thing to sign a non-bonding resolution passed by the legislature in favor of “greater opportunity” for legal residency. It’s quite...
  • NRO: Walker approved Milwaukee county resolution in 2002 demanding comprehensive immigration reform

    02/13/2015 5:10:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A neat scoop by Andrew Johnson, although I’m more interested in grassroots reaction to it than I am in the story itself. “Governor Walker does not support amnesty,” the governor’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, tells National Review Online. Evenson says the 2002 resolution was “stripped of references to amnesty before passage” and, in fact, reinforces the governor’s view that illegal immigrants should face penalties before they are granted citizenship. The resolution, viewable here, did not mention or spell out such penalties, and expressed support for “comprehensive immigration reform” that would have provided “greater opportunity for undocumented working immigrants to obtain legal...
  • Andrew Cline: Why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surging

    02/12/2015 11:14:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Manchester Union-Leader ^ | February 11, 2015 | Andrew Cline, editorial page editor
    Mitt Romney announced on Jan. 30 that he would not run for President in 2016, and immediately the commentariate ordained Jeb Bush the big winner. Bush was Romney’s heir, a thousand wagging tongues proclaimed. The donors would fall to him, and with them would go the Republican establishment, then the voters. The Republicans had a “frontrunner.” If there is a 2016 frontrunner for the GOP, he achieved that status six days before Romney’s announcement. On that day, Sat., Jan. 24, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, It vaulted him into the...
  • Scott Walker Is First Potential 2016 Candidate To Open Iowa Office

    02/10/2015 1:57:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WJFK-FM ^ | February 10, 2015
    Des Moines, Iowa – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is opening the first Iowa office among the potential 2016 Republican contenders for the presidency. Walker, who has led all other GOP presidential aspirants in recent polls, leased the space at 2775 86th St. in Urbandale, the Des Moines Register reports. The office building has a lengthy political history with Republican candidates – although Walker hasn’t officially tossed his hat in the ring for the 2016 election. Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses are tentatively expected to be held on Feb. 1, 2016 and are crucially important for presidential campaigns looking to establish a national...
  • Scott Walker, Republican Porn Star (Think this is bad? Read the comments!)

    02/10/2015 2:43:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | February 9, 2015 | Jon Perr
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In the span of just two weeks, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has catapulted into Republican superstar status. Mitt Romney's premature withdrawal from the 2016 presidential race cracked open the doors for the emergence of a hardline right-wing alternative to the Party establishment's lone remaining consensus candidate, Jeb Bush. And with his surprisingly animated speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker smashed those doors down and jumped to the front of the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire. With his rhetorical guns blazing at every enemy of Wall Street Republicans and Tea Party conservatives alike, Scott Walker has emerged straight...
  • Scott Walker will visit NH in March

    02/09/2015 4:21:59 PM PST · by entropy12 · 12 replies
    TheHill ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | David McCabe
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is seen as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will keynote a training session for Republican organizers in New Hampshire in March. He will speak the at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s grassroots organizing training session and rally in March. In a statement, he said he was excited about speaking about his conservative record as governor. Walker became a star in the GOP by battling public-sector unions in Wisconsin. His policies brought criticism and an unsuccessful recall attempt in 2012. He was reelected in 2014.
  • And the next President is...

    02/07/2015 4:57:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2015 | Robert Potts
    Based on historical patterns, the next president is likely to be a GenXer. This is not good news for the many baby boomers running, or thinking about running, in 2016. When voters decide it is time to move the presidency on to the next generation, they keep electing presidents in that next generation, or they go on to the one that follows. They do not go back. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were from the baby boomer generation. Barack Obama is from the Gen X generation (those born 1961 to 1981). If the pattern holds, the next president will...
  • What You Need to Know about Scott Walker

    02/05/2015 9:31:06 PM PST · by entropy12 · 98 replies
    hardknoxandfriends ^ | February 5, 2015 | Garnet92
    Scott Walker inherited quite a mess from the previous governor Jim Doyle, a Democrat. When he took office in 2011, Wisconsin faced a projected $3.6 billion deficit, over $800 million in unpaid bills, and the loss of nearly 134,000 jobs over the previous four years. During his campaign, he had promised to set the state on a path toward government reform and fiscal order.
  • Is Scott Walker too Midwestern to be president?

    02/05/2015 9:06:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 5, 2015 | Aaron Blake
    Scott Walker is the hottest thing in the 2016 GOP presidential race (to the extent it even exists). He gave a very well-received speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit a couple of weekends ago, and the new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll of the Iowa caucuses has him surging into first place.. Which is even more notable because of one of the prevailing questions about Walker's likely candidacy: whether he's too boring to win. Walker, you see, has the unfortunate distinction of running four years after another upper-Midwestern GOP governor flamed out early in the GOP primary. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty,...
  • Scott Walker will be expected to take a stand on ethanol for Iowa push (Cruz won't pander to them)

    02/02/2015 4:31:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | February 2, 2015 | Patrick Marley and Rick Barrett
    As he prepares for frequent trips to Iowa to explore a presidential bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be pushed to champion ethanol — an issue he has in large part avoided. Walker has dodged stating his views on the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuel, which in practice is usually ethanol made from corn. The GOP governor has declined to take a position, saying last year he wanted to strike a "careful balance" on the issue that — when higher amounts of...
  • Gov. Scott Walker Eyes 2016, But Can He Get Past Labor's Loathing?

    02/02/2015 4:46:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 2, 2015 | Don Gonyea
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There is not a lot of love between the U.S. labor movement and those on the long list of potential 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls. But there is one name among the GOP prospects that labor truly despises — and fears. He is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who weakened unions in his own state and appears ready to make his battles with labor a centerpiece of a bid for the White House. Walker's approach on a recent Saturday in Iowa was telling. In a downtown Des Moines theater full of conservative activists, he spoke for 22 minutes. But right off the...
  • Joan Walsh: The 2016 race is on: Scott Walker and Ted Cruz win the Steve King primary

    01/28/2015 4:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | January 28, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    The far-right immigrant-basher boasts of his new influence in his party, and sadly for moderates, he’s right. Self-promoting wingnut immigrant-basher Rep. Steve King invited most of the 2016 GOP hopefuls to his “Iowa Freedom Summit” last weekend, and now the results are in: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Steve King primary, according to Steve King. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s endorsing either of them right now, it’s just his humble view of how they did at his all-important conservative confab. “I think Ted Cruz had the highest bar to reach, and I think...
  • Scott Walker and the art of winning

    01/31/2015 10:17:36 PM PST · by entropy12 · 66 replies
    The Week ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    What we really crave is a conservative winner who doesn't cave. And Scott Walker is very arguably that guy. He won in 2010. He picked a fight with Big Labor and won. He survived a recall. And he won again in 2014 — by almost the same margin as he did in 2010. That's three wins in four years for a man who governed as a conservative reformer in a state that the Republican presidential nominee hasn't carried since 1984.
  • Scott Walker Wants To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients (And the Left howls!)

    01/31/2015 2:18:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 31, 2015 | karoli
    Scott Walker has had a good week. The press is googly-eyed over him, waxing on about how he could just win this thing, and he's still rolling on his high from last weekend's Freedom Summit. Of course, that's not really something to write home about when you're besting the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He's got that populist message down pat just like his other friends on the campaign trail. Income inequality! Deteriorating middle class! And he's so concerned about those things he's going to govern on that basis, right? Walker has a real problem on...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Steve King Says Scott Walker and Ted Cruz Won the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/27/2015 10:21:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Bloomberg | January 27, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-27/exclusive-steve-king-says-scott-walker-and-ted-cruz-won-the-iowa-freedom-summit
  • Scott Walker, the un-academic?

    01/13/2015 6:15:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 13, 2015 | Noemie Emery
    In 1990, Scott Walker left Marquette University before graduation. He is reportedly hoping to complete his degree now, but if he doesn't, he could become the first president since Harry S Truman to enter the White House without a college degree. Some think his lack of degree could cost him his chances to get there, but we tend to think otherwise. Considering the current state of most colleges (and of their graduates) this could be a point in his favor. It might even make his career. As institutions, colleges have been going downhill since the late 1960’s, but in recent...
  • Best-Positioned Rival to Jeb Bush

    01/12/2015 5:50:47 PM PST · by entropy12 · 61 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 12, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    And for all of the talk about the depth of the Republican field, the opposition to Mr. Bush remains unclear and underwhelming. That is in part because many of the high-profile potential Republican contenders — like Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul — are factional and flawed candidates with tough routes to the party’s nomination. Nonetheless, there will be demand for an alternative to Mr. Bush, even from within the so-called Republican establishment. Since Friday, attention has focused on Mitt Romney, who said in a meeting of top advisers and donors that he was considering a third run. But...
  • The Unofficial Party

    01/07/2015 4:32:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Elephant We Ignore Blog ^ | Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | Austin Given, Vice President, Log Cabin Republicans of Wisconsin
    The major two-party system in American politics has existed since our nation’s infancy. While President John Adams warned against the dueling party system as “the greatest political evil under our Constitution”, it is a pillar of our republic. Today, Democrats and Republicans account for the majority of modern-day political party affiliations. The two parties don’t need to be enemies, rather complementary civic partners. Though the opposing camps differ on policy decisions, both support the individual citizens of our country with their unique visions. However, Republicans and Democrats have dealt with a hidden opponent – an unofficial group that parasitically attached...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Bush, Romney, Cruz, Paul, Perry or ?

    12/29/2014 2:35:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Since forming a presidential exploratory committee earlier this month, Jeb Bush is being considered a serious Republican candidate for president. But as George Will astutely pointed out last week, Bush has two significant hurdles; his support for Common Core and immigration reform. Will correctly points out that his support for the latter is far more nuanced than people understand. Bush does not advocate for more immigration through family reunification, which is the agenda of radical immigration activists, but instead for meeting employment needs, and he supports a path to legal status instead of citizenship. However, his support for Common Core...
  • Republicans have deep bench for 2016; Democrats have, at best, two …

    12/28/2014 5:13:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 28, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    On Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Daily Beast contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson made an amazing statement. She said Republicans “understand that they need to start cultivating new and fresh talent.” Fascinating. Because the GOP has been cultivating new and fresh talent for years now and is — finally — poised to look to a whole new generation of Republican leaders, quite possibly starting with the 2017 occupant of the White House. The past few election cycles have been grim. The Republican Party went with Sen. John McCain because, well, it was his turn (just like in 1996 with Sen. Bob...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Allies CRUSH Elizabeth Warren in the First Battle of the Dem Primary

    12/22/2014 2:29:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's The Editor's Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Liberals powerless to stop the Clinton-Wall Street gravy train.Despite her best efforts and most passionate gesticulations, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) failed to shut down the government on Thursday, thus proving her political clout is vastly inferior to that of GOP colleague Ted Cruz. Warren had urged House Democrats to block a controversial spending package, which included a provision to roll back a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill known as the “swaps pushout” rule. Warren, for the record, does not like Wall Street. “It is time for all of us to stand up and fight,” she said on...
  • McCarthy: Cruz/Lee Were Right to Oppose Obama Lawlessness

    12/21/2014 12:44:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Utah Policy Blog ^ | December 21, 2014 | Golden Webb
    National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy vigorously defends the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to draw attention to the unconstitutionality of Obama's amnesty plan. Writes McCarthy: "As long as we’re talking about epic insults to our intelligence, special recognition should go to the GOP establishment claim that, by forcing elected legislators to take an accountable vote, Cruz and Lee enabled Democrats to secure confirmation of objectionable Obama nominees. The story goes like this: By orchestrating a “point of order” vote to question the constitutionality of Obama’s decree, Cruz and Lee broke what Fox News gentlycalled an “informal agreement”...
  • Rand stands with Obama and Kerry on Iran

    12/04/2014 8:35:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 4, 2014 | Philip Klein
    There may be disagreements on foreign policy among conservatives, but one thing that there's near universal agreement on is that President Obama's foreign policy has been an abysmal failure. That's why it was especially noteworthy that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., already facing an uphill battle in winning over conservative primary voters on foreign policy, has embraced the disastrous, John Kerry-led negotiations with the radical Islamic Iranian regime. Speaking at a meeting sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Paul said he doesn’t favor increasing sanctions on Iran as the U.S. continues diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Iranian nuclear weapons...
  • Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush

    12/16/2014 11:31:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 16, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    That didn't take long The 2016 Republican primary battle is up and running—at least on Google. Hours after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he would “actively explore” a run for the White House, the political action committee for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who appears certain to announce a bid for the Oval Office in the coming months, took out a Google search ad on his name, with a not-so-subtle dig at the more moderate Republican. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” the ad states, with a link to RandPAC, Paul’s longstanding federal leadership committee, and...
  • Grover Norquist: What makes Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker a good choice for 2016

    11/22/2014 8:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 20, 2014 | Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
    After the GOP’s midterm-elections sweep, the Republican Party holds more U.S. House seats and controls more state houses than at any time since 1928. Having reached this goal, the GOP now needs to look for a 2016 presidential nominee to match this success. President Calvin Coolidge, who sat in the Oval Office from 1923 to 1929, would be a smart model for the party. He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president...
  • Scott Walker: Gay Marriage Fight Is 'Over In Wisconsin'

    10/06/2014 9:16:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 6, 2014 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) conceded that the state of Wisconsin lost its fight to ban same sex marriage on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear gay marriage cases in multiple states. With the Supreme Court's punt back to the appeals court that struck down the ban, county clerks in Wisconsin have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. And Walker seems to have accepted that this is the end of the road for the state's ban....
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • (Wisconsin) 6th District race still up in air as Grothman leads Leibham by 215 votes

    08/13/2014 10:01:48 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Milwaukee Sentinal Journal ^ | August 13, 2014 | Don Behm
    Just 215 votes. That's how close the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District was on Tuesday, leaving the winner in doubt as state Sen. Glenn Grothman for now holds on to a slim lead over state Sen. Joe Leibham. At one point Tuesday night, the election looked like a clear-cut victory for Grothman, with The Associated Press declaring him the winner with a margin of victory of more than 4,800 votes. But Grothman's sizable lead evaporated as more votes came in from late-reporting Sheboygan County, where Leibham lives. The early-morning tally from Sheboygan County showed Leibham winning that county...
  • Paul Ryan: Obama's Exec Amnesty Not 'High Crimes'

    07/30/2014 11:32:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 30, 2014 | Tony Lee
    At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said President Barack Obama's lawless executive actions are not high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment. "I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way," Ryan said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "[Obama's executive actions do] not rise to the high crime and misdemeanor level." However, as Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor and...
  • Republicans in eastern Wisconsin Congressional race open to impeaching Obama

    07/21/2014 6:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jack Craver
    Barring any groundbreaking new developments, Congressional Republicans have no intention of trying to impeach President Barack Obama, despite calls for the commander-in-chief’s ouster by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. “The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the President of the United States,” House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last week. “He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that.” Other establishment Republicans have similarly dismissed impeachment talk as little more than blowhards seeking headlines. “No responsible Republican elected official has called for impeachment,”...
  • Scott Walker declines to define stand on gay marriage today

    06/13/2014 7:30:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    For years, Gov. Scott Walker has been a rock-solid proponent of traditional marriage between one man and one woman. As Milwaukee County executive, he opposed efforts to provide health care benefits to the gay partners of county employees. He also spoke out in favor of a 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In 2010, he campaigned for governor as a supporter of traditional marriage. He also opposed a law that allowed gay couples to register with counties to get certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights. "My position has been clear," Walker said Thursday. Indeed, it was. But that is...
  • Conservative Senator Slams Tea Party Groups For Hurting GOP Establishment

    06/01/2014 9:53:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 1, 2014 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Saturday railed against Tea Party groups for hurting establishment candidates and incumbents just to fundraise. “That is a fact. It is not a conjecture, and so many of these groups it is basically donor capture. They are there to perpetuate themselves," he said at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., as recorded by The Daily Beast. Johnson explained that he feels that some Tea Party groups don't actually represent the grassroots Tea Party movement, with which he identifies. “I value the membership of the Tea Party movement. I am right there with them...